Friday, November 13, 2009


I'd like to make just a simple entry today. Its about bananas.


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Just look at the picture above ( no. 1), and please tell me the banana variety. Are you 100% sure that your answer is right?

The other day, for the first time in my life, I realized that I had bought the wrong banana! Will tell you why, later. But I'll tell you the lesson learned now: In whatever you do, something that you think is damn right need not necessarily be so!


Pak Idrus said...

I believe this is Berangan. My favorite. Should be bought when slightly ripe and consumed once eatable. Take care.

Unknown said...

Kalau di Perak, ini dipanggil pisang berangan. Makan begitu sahaja. Sedap dan manis. Kalau masak sangat, kurang sedap kerana jadi lembik. Tak pasti kalau pisang ini boleh digoreng.

Temuk said...

Salam Pak Idrus,
I'm quite tickled by your confidence that it is 'berangan'. Let's see if there are others who wish to show us that they know a lot about our local bananas. Yes, I love berangan too. My dear wife used to tease me, 'berangan, berangan, asyik-asyik berangan; nanti hidup berangan-angan ...!'

Temuk said...

Salam luahfikiran,
Kot di Selangor, pisang tu dipanggil 'berangan' juga ke? Cuba kita sama-sama tunggu, rakan-rakan lain punya jawapan (tekaan?). Pisang berangan memang manis. Biasanya tak digoreng. Kot buat 'cekodok' pun jadi lembik & bermandi minyak. Sedap dimakan begitu saja. (Macam iklan roti Gardenia pulak!).

Temuk said...

Salam to all
As I've said, I bought the wrong banana that day. I brought home 'embun' banana, instead of 'berangan' which I wanted. I was deceived by its skin, just like Pak Idrus & Luahfikiran. Just couldn't believe it. When the skin was taken off, I could smell the sweet fragrance of pisang embun. The first bite confirmed it was embun! So, sometimes, don't judge a banana by its skin! (But, always, don't judge a book by its cover, hehehe). In our daily life be very certain that whatever we do is the right thing to do. Or else we might have to pay heavily for it. Checking & rechecking should be the practice, although we still cannot guarantee that we've taken right action.

Unknown said...

Salam Temuk,

I couldn't help smiling at this post of yours, this is cute! & now this is general knowledge for me...pisang embun with a sort of yellow skin. Honestly, this is the first time I've seen pisang embun with that colour.

I even like the motto of your story ha ha...'don't judge the book by its cover..'

Thank you for writing about this post. I like it :)

Do take care,

Temuk said...

Salam Pn Isah
TQ for dropping by. As far as I know, there are 2 varieties of pisang embun in Malaysia - one with light yellow skin when ripe. Its commonly taken as dessert in Semenanjung. The other one has light green skin. The one that I posted has "darker" yellow skin. That was why I thought it was pisang berangan! What kind of bananas Sabahans/Sarawakians take for dessert? Take care.

Unknown said...

Salam Temuk
I am a Sarawakian. I think most of us(especially myself)here, prefer the gigantic pisang tanduk :)
Now, I like a ripe pisang tanduk sliced, dipped in a flour batter & deep fried in hot oil, eat them warm with a cup of hot tea in the afternoon.
Pisang tanduk can also be made into fried banana fritters eaten for snacks.
My late grandma used to just boil ripe sliced pisang tanduk for me when I was small. I still do that sometimes & it is healthier than frying :)
I read somewhere they boil the sliced pisang tanduk like I do and made them into curry (this I have not tried).
Ok, now I know why you mistook your pisang embun as pisang berangan :)
pisang embun is nice to eat with icecream.

Have a nice day & take care,

DrSam said...

yes very deceiving. I was almost got fooled too by the look. Now I know do not judge the bananas by its skin!

Temuk said...

Salam to all
I've added in my entry recently a picture of the 'berangan' banana (pic no. 2). I'm sure many would agree with me that the 2 combs (sikat) of bananas don't differ very much. Right? Have a nice day!

Kak Teh said...

Salam Temuk, i saw your comment in another blog and followed the link here.
You are lucky to have so many varieties of bananas. Where we are, not much choice especially when one craves for pisang goreng on a very cold morning such as this morning. We have plantain, of course but no pisang raja, pisang abu, or pisang emas.

Can I link you?

Anonymous said...

I am not a banana expert, but can appreciate the truth you’ve extracted from that experience. Even when we’re 100% certain, we can be surprised.

It’s always good to retain a healthy dose of scepticism. That allows us to consider other points of view, and different data. That obviously applies in the field of science.

But it should apply in other areas too e.g. politics, religion, economics, relationships etc. When we claim to know the Absolute Truth in any discipline, we stop looking at other data. We don’t open our “Truth” to being challenged. Our “Truth” stagnates in the face of newer data and changes in the world around us (becomes irrelevant).

We see societies that have shut themselves off because they believe they have a monopoly on what is the Truth. They stop growing and are overtaken by others. Imperial China under the dynasties comes easily to mind. When the western powers arrived, Chinese society had so decayed that I believe they’re still paying the price today.

There are other societies today where the elites’ / govt’s grip on “what is the truth” is damaging them in the long run. There’s a lot to be said for free discussions, transparency etc. in the search for what the truth is. But it calls for a willingness to be challenged, which calls for humility and self-confidence.

Unfortunately the consequences of suppressing free discussions are more serious than buying the wrong comb of bananas.

Thanks initiating the thought.

P/S Also, thanks for visiting Writing into the Sunset

Temuk said...

Hi DrSham
Thanks for dropping by. Ya, tak semestinya zahir mencerminkan batin. Cuma kalau kita mahu baik sangka, kita katalah, kulit pisang pasti isinya pisang! Walau isi sebenar bukan isi pisang yg disangka. Have a nice day.

Temuk said...

Salam kembali Kak Teh
Thank you for dropping by. Its an honour that you wish to link me. I've been your secret visitor and hope you wouldn't mind me linking you. You are right; we are lucky to have so many varieties of bananas over here and that we can make many different preparations out of these fruits. I remember eating fried plantain with a big fried fish in Mexico 30 years or so ago. Strange, ha? They wouldn't sell the fried banana without the fish! But I thought that was quite an appetizing combination. Look forward to reading your coming entries.

Temuk said...

Hi Adirya Kiratas
Thank you for visiting my blog. That was a great feedback from you. I agree with you that we should always retain a 'healthy' dose of scepticism so that we become more open to other views and information. Yes, be should be more open and let what we think is the truth be challenged by others. I don't think we'll lose anything. We can still stick to our belief anyway, even if others think we are wrong. But in the process, we can at least gain something from our discussions with other people, right? Looking forward for more fruitful exchange of ideas with you.

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